In a previous post Shakespeare and the rose shone.  If you missed Carol Ann’s roses, click here.

 As much as I love roses, I am also partial to the peony and the dahlia…two blooms that are simply perfection.

The peony blooms in the spring and is a national flower emblem of China;  celebrating royalty, honor and wealth.  In Victorian England it was said to signify bashfulness.

I say there is nothing bashful about this peony from my friend Susan’s Charlotte, NC garden.

White Peony photo by Kathy Miller

Peony large photo by Kathy Miller

White Peony with bunny photo by Kathy Miller

And these from Janet’s Vermont garden. (Visiting there soon!)

Peonies in Vermont photo by Janet Kolar

 I could not find any mention of dahlias by Shakespeare.

The only thing missing from a dahlia is a scent….

These dahlias are from the famous dahlia beds at the High Hampton Inn,  in Cashiers, NC.   During the summer each table in the dining room is adorned with dahlias.

Mr. McKee dahlia at High Hampton Inn, Cashiers, NC photo by Kathy Miller

Perfect Pink Dahlia, High Hampton Inn, Cashiers, NC photo by Kathy Miller

Mr. McKee dahlia 2 High Hampton Inn, Cashiers, NC photo by Kathy Miller

The dahlia bed with Rock Mountain in the background.

High Hampton Inn dahlia garden with Rock Mountain in backdrop photo by Kathy Miller

The same Rock Mountain at The High Hampton Inn, filming site of the new Dirty Dancing remake.   Click here for a preview.

Rock Mountain at Happy Hour, High Hampton Inn, Cashiers, NC photo by Kathy Miller

High Hampton is a great place for families…kid, dog and llama friendly.

Llama at the High Hampton Inn photo by Kathy Miller

A great place to gather with family and good friends.

Huffmans and Millers at High Hampton photo by Kathy Miller

Inspiration for my floral paintings.


Dahlia Still Life painting by Kathy Miller

and Peach Parrot Tulips and Dahlias in Purple Vase….SOLD

Peach Parrot Tulips in Purple Vase painting by Kathy Miller

Watch for upcoming stories from my summer travels.  We are heading to Vermont and Maine.

Looking forward to fresh corn and lobster, lobster, lobster.

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the table.


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